MEET THE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Edgardo Gómez from The Acoustic Heritage Collective

Edgardo Gómez Manifest Artists residency

Edgardo Gómez

Edgardo was born in Santiago de Chile. There he graduated in 2006 as a sound and acoustics engineer. A year after graduating he decided to emigrate to Europe to continue his studies.

After spending some time learning German, in 2012 he was selected to enter the master’s programme “Sound Studies” at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, Germany. This programme deepens theoretical and practical knowledge of theory and practice related to sound, especially in cultural studies, musicology, aesthetics, sound art, performance and architecture. In 2014 he graduated with honours with his thesis work based on a performative representation of the social structure of Berlin’s backyards.

Currently, Edgardo complements his profession as a mixing engineer in his recording studio “Haptós Soundlab” with sound design projects for theatres and projects as a sound artist. His current interests focus on the fine line between scientific research and art, confronting questions such as the importance of acoustic space in the process of signification, and experimenting in the fields of sound perception, field recordings, sound anthropology and acoustic heritage.

In recent years he has presented works at important festivals, such as the “Eufonia Festival” and the “48 Stunden Neukölln”, both in Berlin (Germany). In September 2021 he was awarded a mobility grant for a project on the acoustic heritage of Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. He has also participated in projects with renowned artists such as Sam Auinger, Hans Peter Kuhn, Martin Supper or Robert Henke.

Within the MANIFEST Artistic Journey, Edgardo will work together with Ginebra Raventós and EMARX as a member of The Acoustic Heritage Collective 

Looking at my works, I see a respect for the old and a curiosity for the new. In this way, I confront an aesthetically resistant and thematically memory-related material with a method of projection and reflection for future generations